Friday, October 30, 2015

French Bread Mummy Pizzas

One more day till Halloween! 

Last night, Kellen requested once of his favorite Halloween themed meals- Mummy Pizzas. Of course his mother was excited to have pizza and obliged his craving. 

These pizzas are so simple to make and give such an adorable result. I keep ours simple with pepperoni, but I have no doubt other topping would be equally delicious.  I use regular sliced mozzarella from our deli and found the doubling your slice creates more a distinct mummy look. The first time I made these I only used a single slice thick and the cheese melted together and it was hard to tell it was a mummy! The second time I used two sliced to make the cheese thicker and the result was just what I was looking for.  I love how fun this recipe is for this time of year- and it is much loved by both of my boys! 

Tonight, I am grabbing dinner with my parents and getting ready for Halloween tomorrow. As you have saw for previous photos, Kellen is a pumpkin and so adorable. Ron is a minion and I have a witch outfit to wear, but it is suppose to be cold and a real hat might replace my pointy witch hat for trick or treating!  We are planning on a big pot of chili and mummy dogs after trick or treat. My sister, nephew, my friend Emily and her daughter will be joining us and I think we are going to have a great time.... I am hoping for a Take 5 bar in Kellen's plastic pumpkin! 

Have a wonderful Halloween everyone! 


Ingredients

12-16 inch loaf of french bread, split and halved to create 4 pieces
1 cup pizza sauce (I use this recipe, but jarred is fine)
1/2 cup mini pepperoni
8 slices mozzarella cheese
8 black olive slices


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Place bread halves on a non stick baking sheet. Spread 1/4 of sauce on each pizza. Next, evenly spread pepperoni over the sauce. To create the cheese pieces, place two pieces on top of each other and cut each two piece portion into 3 strips. Arrange the strips on each pizza making sure to leave enough room so the cheese does not melt completely together. Place olives at the top to create the eyes. 

Bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted and warm. 

Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

White Chocolate Mousse Ghosts #BookClubCookBookCC

It is month 4 of my cooking book club! 

A little background if you don't remember my kick off post in July, a group bloggers organized by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla (click the link if you want to join the fun!) draw inspiration from a book and recipes published in The Book Club Cookbook. Each month, a blogger selected a book and The Book Club Cookbook offers several suggested recipes or the blogger can create a recipe inspired by the story.  At the end of the month the host or hostess posts a round-up and gives away a copy of the book. 

Here are a list of my fellow participating bloggers/hosts:

Cheese Curd In Paradise               
Life on Food       
The Pajama Chef              
The Spiffy Cookie             
Things I Make (for Dinner)           
Tortillas and Honey         

This month our hostess Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm selected the book Three Junes by Julia Glass. You can read Wendy's original invite by clicking here

A disclaimer. I didn't read the book. I normally enjoy the books and have time to read them, but not this month. I know it is a book club, but sometimes life wins and I still get to make a delicious recipe!  The recipe in our cookbook was for a white chocolate mousse with pear liqueur, but I was in the more for an alcohol free dessert so I opted to make an easy white chocolate mousse and made it a bit festive for Halloween.  My chocolate mousse is a spooky ghost perfect to share for a book club or at a Halloween party on Saturday! 

I loved how easy the mousse was to make! Kellen and I enjoyed a small serving as an after dinner treat while watching Monsters, Inc (so cute!) before winding down for the night. After he went to bed I caught Hocus Pocus on ABC Family- that movie never gets old! 

Tune in next month to learn about our next book selection and to discover more delicious recipes from our blogging crew! 


Ingredients

7 ounces white chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream, plus 1 cup
Chocolate chips


Instructions

Place the chopped white chocolate in a glass bowl and set aside.

Add the egg yolks and sugar to a small bowl and whisk until pale yellow.

In a saucepan, over low heat, bring 1/4 cup of cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and slowly add the cream into the yolk and sugar mixture. Pour the mixture back into pan and stir with a wooden spoon until it coats the back of the spoon.

Pour hot mix into a bowl with the chopped chocolate. Stir until completely smooth.

In another bowl, whip remaining 1 cup of the cream to almost stiff peaks. Fold half the whipped cream into the white chocolate and mix. Next, fold in the remaining whipped cream to the mousse.

Spoon the white chocolate mousse into 4 small serving cups and refrigerate until set, approximately 1 hour. Garnish with chocolate chips for the "ghost eyes". 

Giveaway

This month Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from October 1st till October 31st at 4 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

*Disclosure: Wendy received a complimentary copy of The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp as an opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Ham and Cheese Pockets

Need a festive Halloween dinner for your trick or treaters on Saturday?  I made these festive pumpkins for my little guy (and big guy too) and they were a big hit! They are gooey, warm and nice and filling after a long evening of treat collecting! 

Kellen is really enjoying pumpkins and love to look at our pumpkin on the front porch. He loved peeking at these as I was putting them together, and Ron loves anything the involved hot ham and cheese. Plus these came together really easily and let us enjoy the remainder of the evening with little mess and cleaning. 

Tonight we are trying out another fun Halloween themed recipe and Kellen is enjoying our theme this week, and is asking about our special dinner every evening. However, tomorrow Kellen has a new challenge on his plate- solo swim class. Up until now, Kellen and I did the parent -child class, but he has gotten to the point that he is moving up a class. I am so excited for him, but on pins and needles to watch my little guy in class on his own. Kellen is very good with change, but I try to talk to him about what to expect and he tells me that he is ready AND excited about his new class. My little guy is getting so big! As a treat after class we are having dinner with his friends (and my friend!). One of his friends is also starting the new class with him- us moms will be watching cheering the boys on! 

Hope everyone is having a fun week! 


Ingredients

1 package of 8 refrigerated flaky layers biscuits
3/4 lb shaved ham
8 slices mild cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp water


Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Remove biscuits from package and pull layer apart to create two pieces. Spread the dough to create two 4 inch pieces. With a sharp knife, cut the face of the jack-o-lantern. On the bottom piece place ham and sliced cheese. Push edges together and shape like a pumpkin. Repeat with remaining biscuits.  Brush the biscuits with the egg wash. 

Bake 17-20 minutes or until golden brown and dough is completely cooked. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan 10/25 - 11/1

It's finally Halloween week! Our house loves Halloween and spooky things and I look forward to this all year! We started off our weekend early we made mummy pizzas on Thursday night and I had a fantastic sous chef to help me perfectly place all the ingredients. Kellen had a blast putting these together and we all enjoyed eating gobbling them up!


On Friday,  Ron and I met my Dad for dinner at our favorite steak place and it was fantastic. Kellen was at Ron's parents and my mom was out of town for the weekend. We shared a scallop appetizer and I had shrimp bisque with a grilled ribeye with bleu cheese and mustard sauce.  Ron and I went home after and cashed on the couch 15 minutes into a show....we are so exciting. 

On Saturday, I was up early and did a little grocery shopping before we headed to pick up Kellen. After getting Kellen and grabbing lunch we headed home a a quick nap before we went to Heritage Hill's Grimm's Brothers Halloween night. This is one of my favorite Halloween activities and it was as fun as ever! There were plenty treats to be had and lots of fun games to play.  Kellen loved meeting the different characters and trying his hand at apple snap (trying the grab and apple on a string without using your hands!).  We were suppose to meet a few friends, but everyone have a nasty coughing bug and stayed in. We had it last month and it was terrible! Here are a few pictures of us:

My pumpkin


Ron and Kellen running ahead


Family Shot


After Heritage Hill, we headed home to warm-up and grab dinner and relax before bedtime. 

On Sunday, I did a little cooking before getting ready to get my sister and nephew for a kids day at a local haunted house.  The haunted house opens twice in the month of October for a kid friendly day. The lights are on and they cover up a lot of the gory stuff. My nephew wanted to turn back once, but kept going and really enjoyed the afternoon (especially the candy bag at the end).

 Afterwards, we grabbed lunch and headed home. Later in the evening they stopped at our house for pumpkin carving, pizza and a movie!

This week we are having a few Halloween themed meals and getting ready for trick or treat and some family fun on Saturday! 

Have a great week!

Here is what is on tap:

Monday: Chicken Dumpling Soup
Tuesday:  Worm Sandwiches and Oven Fries
Wednesday: Out
Thursday: Meatball and Rice One-Pot and Green Beans
Friday: Out
Saturday: Halloween Dinner: Mummy Dogs and Pizza
Sunday: Scalloped Potatoes and Ham & Salad

Friday, October 23, 2015

Crispy Oven Fried BBQ Chicken Thighs

We are a split household. I like chicken breasts and my husband likes chicken thighs. Since I do most of the cooking I usually use chicken breasts, but I am always on the look-out for a new chicken thigh recipe for my husband. Awhile ago, I made a recipe for Oven Fried Chicken Thighs and it was a big hit with my family. I decided to make my own twist on the recipe and use BBQ sauce in the marinade.  I am a big fan of BBQ chicken and knew the flavor would be outstanding in my chicken recipe. 

One thing I love about this recipe is that it is so easy for a weeknight. The chicken marinates all day, is tossed in a bag of flour and seasoning and finished in the oven. So simple. 

My family loved the recipe and the chicken was perfectly crispy and juicy. The one thing I noticed is that the chicken charred a bit on the bottom due to the sugar in the BBQ sauce. It didn't impact the flavor, but gave a few small char spots. The flavor of the BBQ sauce was mild, but certainly there and gave  nice hint of sweetness and tangy spice to the chicken.  I paired my chicken with corn, mashed potatoes, biscuits and green salads- it was an amazing meal. 

Tonight, Ron and I are joining my Dad for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants- Republic Chophouse. I can't wait- yum! This weekend we also have a few fun Halloween/ Fall activities planned and that include carving our pumpkins- more detail in my Monday re-cap! Have a great weekend everyone!


Ingredients

5 oz plain greek yogurt 
1/3 cup BBQ sauce (I used Stubb's)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp black pepper
6 chicken thighs, skin-on & bone-in
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp baking powder


Instructions

Whisk together yogurt, BBQ sauce, garlic powder, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a bowl. Pour mixture in to a resealable bag. Add chicken pieces and turn to coat. Zip the bag closed, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 425°F
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, add a wire rack and spray with olive oil (lightly)
Mix together the flour, paprika, baking powder, remaining salt and remaining pepper in a large resealable bag.

Take the chicken out of the marinade bag, shake off excess marinade, and add a piece to the flour bag.
Shake, the remove and shake off excess coating and place on prepared rack.
Repeat with remaining chicken. Throw out the remaining marinade and flour mixture.

Lightly spray (lightly brush) chicken with olive oil. Bake 45-60 minutes until golden brown and the internal temperature reads 160°F in the thickest part of the meat.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

One Pan Ranch Pork Chops and Veggies

Easy meals are a life saver for me. Some nights I have it all together and have dinner ready by 6:15 and dishes done soon after. Some (most) nights I am a walking disaster and hardly know how we have food on the table let alone a clean dish! For me, meal planning is key and planning meals that will fit into a busy schedule. We have our share of meals that take longer to prepare or dirty lots of dishes, but I save those for the weekend. Many of my favorite weeknight meals are one pot meals and casseroles. 

I found this recipe from Damn Delicious in Pinterest and thought it sounded delicious and a fun variation on our  favorite Italian Chicken Potato and Green Bean Casserole. It hit all of my criteria for a busy weeknight- one pan and easy clean-up!

How did this rate with my family? It was great! We all really enjoyed it and Ron especially liked that it used pork because he prefers it to chicken. Kellen loved the green beans and meat, but he is not always a consistent potato fan. The leftover heated up nicely for lunch as well. I made a few adjustments to the cooking time too. I found the original suggested cook time of 20-22 minutes not to be enough for the potatoes and we like our pork a little more cooked than medium. I added an additional 15 minutes to the cook time and the meal turned out great. However, I do suggest to make your potatoes on the small side to ensure that the are tender. 

Tonight my friend Emily is coming for a double header of Law and Order: SVU! We had busy scheduled last week and get a double header this week of our favorite show. We are making on of my favorite sandwiches for dinner tonight and I am excited to dig in and veg-out for a little bit! 


Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops, 3/4 - 1 inch thick
1 lb baby red potatoes, quartered
1 lb green beans, trimmed
2 Tbl olive oil
1 ranch seasoning packet
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt & pepper, to taste


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking dish with nonstick spray.

Place pork chops, potatoes and green beans prepared baking pan as shown in the photo. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Ranch Seasoning and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

Place into oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until pork is cooked and potatoes are tender. Finally, broil for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized and slightly charred.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan 10/19 - 10/24

Happy Monday folks!

This weekend was really busy, but great fun!

On Friday, we had a relaxing night in, made tacos and watched a movie.  On Saturday, Kellen and I were up early to head to the store for tailgate supplies and food for the week. We headed home to play and have an early nap to we could be on the road the Zoo Boo (our county zoo's Halloween event) by 2:30. We met my friend Amanda and her family and everyone had a great time. The Zoo Boo decorates the entire zoo and has multiple candy stations for trick-or-treat. We also tried out the haunted hay ride. Kellen got a little nervous in the beginning, but by the end was laughing with the other kids. 

The cutest pumpkin on the block!


After Zoo Boo, we headed to my parent house because my cousins arrived to Green Bay for the Packer game the following day (we have an annual tradition to all go together).  My Mom prepared a delicious spread with a pasta bake and a pot roast with veggies. Delicious!

On Sunday, I got started on tailgating snacks and we headed to Lambeau with my cousins. We usually get there a few hours early to grill, eat and drink. We had a delicious spread this year, but were not to full for a few orders of cheese curds in the stadium. Our seats are right by a concession stand that sells cheese curds and they are delicious. The game was a stressful towards the end, but the Packers pulled out a W and we were a happy crew.

Go Pack!


My parents were nice enough to watch Kellen for us and we all headed home for an early bed time and relaxation. My house was a bit of a disaster when  I woke up this morning, but when I returned from Kellen's swim class tonight Ron had cleaned everything up (so nice!). 

This week is pretty low key, but this weekend we are headed to another fun Halloween event in the area! Kellen can't wait to put his costume back on and has already started asking when he gets to put it on. 

Have a great week everyone!

Here is what is on tap:

Monday: Slow Cooker Beef & Ale Stew and Biscuits
Tuesday: Creamy Orecchiette & Spinach with Crispy Parmesan Chicken Chicken and Salad
Wednesday:  Junk Yard Special and Potato Wedges
Thursday: French Bread Ghost Pizzas and Salad
Friday: Leftovers/Out
Saturday: Spicy Beef Chili
Sunday: Mummy Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Peas

Friday, October 16, 2015

Homemade Beef-A-Roni

Were you a Beefaroni fan as a kid? I know I was! 

The other day I was really wanting a taste of one of my childhood favorites, but wasn't feeling a it from a can. I searched for a homemade version and found this recipe from Food.com. The ingredients and method was as simple as I hoped it would be and it totally brought me back. The sauce has a slight sweetness too it, like the original, and Ron wasn't a big fan, but Kellen and I really enjoyed it. Maybe when it carries the childhood nostalgia it gets two thumbs up?  Sound good to me! 

This week has flown by and I meant to share a recipe with you yesterday, but go a little behind in my day. Something to look forward to next week! This weekend we are heading to the Zoo Boo with friends and I am excited to see Kellen in his Halloween costume. He actually has two: a tiger and a pumpkin. I think we will use the pumpkin tomorrow because it is a little bigger, and I can layer his clothes since it is suppose to be cooler. Zoo Boo is a Halloween themed evening at the county zoo. The kids dress up, get candy and see the zoo all decked out and festive! I have heard from a few friends that Zoo Boo was really really busy last weekend. I keep hoping that they will cap tickets at some point because it is not as enjoyable when you crowd surf with a toddler, but I am hoping getting there early will help us avoid the masses. 

On Sunday, we are going to the Packer game with our cousins! We do this every year and I am pumped because we always have a fun together. We also tailgate and grill up some tasty food before heading to the game..... our seats also happen to be close to the fried cheese curds- win for us! Fingers crossed for good weather on Sunday and a Packer win!

Tonight we are laying low, making tacos and watching a movie to prepare for a busy weekend! 


Ingredients

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, minced
2 cans condensed tomato soup
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can water
2 teaspoons sugar
salt and pepper, to taste


Instructions

Cook macaroni pasta, drain and set aside. Brown the ground beef with onion. Once beef is cooked; drain excess grease. Mix in the soup, water and sugar to the beef and onion. Add the cooked pasta and stir. Season with salt and pepper.Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring often.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan 10/12 - 10/18

Happy Monday!

We had a fun weekend and it involved lots of driving, but it was well worth it. 

On Friday, Ron was working second shift so Kellen and I joined my parents for dinner. After dinner I tried to stay awake to wait for Ron, but passed out before he got home and he found me sound asleep. 

On Saturday, we were up early for a trip to Washington Island in Door County to attend Fall Fest at the Farm Museum. I have been wanting to attend since last year when I learned they would be pressing cider on the spot. To get to Washington Island it is a drive to the top of Door County and a boat ride to the island. The island is lovely and we enjoyed the festival. We did not press our own cider since there were only two of us and we needed to keep an eye on Kellen. The process takes awhile because you need to cut up all your apples, press them and strain the cider. However, we did try the cider and it was amazing! We also went on a wagon ride in the woods and tasted a delicious caramel apple.  After the festival, we stopped at School House Beach. The beach is very unique because it is a rock beach of similar smooth white stones. There is even a heavy fine if you are caught removing stones!  After the beach, we headed home and arrived just in time to meet my parents and cousin for a fun dinner before heading home to hit the hay. 



On Sunday, Kellen and I stopped at the grocery store of quick shopping before we picked up my Mom for Kellen's first movie experience! Our local cinema for The Little Mermaid. Our cinema shows older Disney movies from time to time, and I was excited to take Kellen because he loved The Little Mermaid music. Kellen did great at the movie and loved the popcorn.... not sure which thing was the true favorite.  


After the movie, we picked up Ron and headed to my parents for the Packer game. The game was great and the Packers are 5-0! We are going to the game next weekend and I hope the streak continues!

This week is nice and easy. Swim is tonight and my in-laws are coming to watch. After swim we are heading to Culver's for dinner. This coming weekend we are going to a Halloween event at our local zoo (Zoo Boo) and Sunday is the Packer game!

Have a great week everyone!

Here is what is on tap:

Monday: Dinner at Culvers after swim
Tuesday: One Pan Ranch Pork Chops and Veggies
Wednesday: Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets
Thursday: Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs, Mashed Potatoes and Corn
Friday: Spicy Beef Tacos
Saturday: Dinner with my Parents
Sunday: Going to the Packer Game- we will eat at the stadium

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Soup

Time for October's Secret Recipe Club


This month I received the blog An Affair From The Heart. I have followed Michaela's blog for awhile and was excited to try out one of her recipes. As a perused the recipes many of them jumped out at me such as: The Best Bloody Mary, Crack Bread and Double Decker Baked Tacos. However, I finally decided on Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Soup. The recipe is an original recreation of a family favorite. I like to pick recipes that are special to the individual because it normally involves trying something new and the recipes are usually delicious. 

This recipe did not disappoint my family. I loved that the soup is thickened from the mashed potatoes as well as the cream. The fresh green beans and bacon as a very tasty combo. My son and husband gobbled up this soup and Kellen even reached over and grabbed extra green beans from my bowl! The original recipe is for 8 servings, but I got about 6 servings from the portions and that worked perfectly for my family of 3. 

This soup is perfect for fall and keeping warm on a cool evening. I (and the rest of my family) can't wait to get this on my table again! Thank you Michaela for a delicious husband and toddler approved recipe! 


Ingredients

4 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into small pieces
1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 pint heavy cream
2 cups 2% milk
Salt & Pepper, to taste


Instructions

 Cook the potatoes until tender. Drain water and slightly mash. Set aside.

Steam green beans until slightly tender. Set aside.

In a dutch oven, cook bacon pieces until crisp, remove bacon with a slotted spoon, drain fat and return to stove top.

Add onion to the pot and saute until soft. Add bacon back to the pot, add green beans, mashed potatoes, and cover with milk and cream.

Cook medium-low (avoid boiling) to allow soup to thicken. Season with salt & pepper. Serve immediately.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan 10/5 - 10/11

Tuesday greetings! 

I got a little behind this weekend with a trip to Door County and an afternoon Packer game/victory!

This weekend was a blast and we has a lot of fun activities on our agenda. On Friday, we met my Dad, Sister and Nephew for dinner at one of our favorite places (I worked there for 10 years before I had Kellen),  Nicky's. I love their muffaletta and gumbo and it did not disappoint! 

On Saturday, we were up and ready to go to Door County with my friend Kayla, her kids and our friend Emily's daughter. We had a big crew of kiddos (3 two year olds!)! The kids were awesome and we had an amazing day. Our first stop was The Farm and we had a blast feeding goats and exploring. I love The Farm in the summer, but my favorite time is the fall because it is surrounded by tall trees and they are just starting to turn a beautiful orange color. Here are a few shots from the morning:



After The Farm, we stopped at Culver's for burgers and had a funny milk spilling incident. The kids were getting so tired from all the running and now full bellies. One of the kids fell asleep at the table and their head lightly hit the table and it bounced slightly. The bounce startled Kellen and he dropped his milk on the bench. The kid on the other side of him dove under the table for "cover". The looks I got from other people around us were priceless. It was hysterical. 

The kids slowly passed out in the car and we headed north in search of our favorite apple cider doughnuts.....so delicious.

After we returned home, we relaxed for the rest of the evening. I had thrown a roast in the crockpot and we ate that for dinner after Kellen went to bed. 

On Sunday, Kellen and I went grocery shopping. See how thrilled he is.....he just liked to go because the bakery counter has cookies for little kids.... I can always count on him to want to come with me. 


After we returned, I got working on my chili for the Packer game and Kellen took a short nap. Before heading to my parents, I stopped at my friend Emily's doula training to participate in a mock interview for her doulas. It was a lot of fun! 

The Packer game was great and the we loved the win! The chili was also great, but what was the best was my Mom returning safe from her road trip with friends to Montana to go horseback riding. Kellen was so excited to see her- he sprinted to the car to be first to greet her. 

This week we do not have a lot planned besides the normal swim and volleyball (last week of the season- sniff). However, this weekend I am planning to head to Washington Island for the Fall Harvest Fest! 

Have a great week everyone!

Here is what is on tap:

Monday: Subs
Tuesday: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Green Peppers
Wednesday: Lasagna Soup and Garlic Bread
Thursday: Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Soup
Friday: Ham and Cheese "Hot Pockets" & Black and Orange Pasta
Saturday: Washington Island for Harvest Fest
Sunday: Breakfast: Potato Frittata with Feta and Scallions Dinner: Slow Cooker Beef & Ale Stew and Crusty Bread

Treats: White Chocolate Mousse 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

IKEA Swedish Meatballs

I previously made an oven-baked Swedish meatball recipe and talked a little about Grandma's Swedish traditions during the holidays. My Grandma passed away about 10 years ago, and we don't keep with the traditional Swedish meal of Swedish meatballs, rutamuse and lutefisk.  However, I am still a biiiggg fan of Swedish meatballs and always enjoying trying different recipes. My cousin and I usually cook the Christmas meal and maybe one year we need to try a throwback to a few of my Grandma's offerings. 

Everyone always raves about IKEA's meatballs and I have never had a chance to try them. The closest IKEA is 3 hours away and not a regular stop for me. I knew there must be a recipe online and I found a great recipe form a blogger using the IKEA cookbook and an adapted recipe with US measurements and adjustments as well. The meatballs are very easy to make and I was surprised to find potatoes as some of the ingredients!

How did the meatballs stack up to Grandma's holiday meatballs? They were really delicious! The gravy was a little lighter than my Grandma's, but it was very tasty with the meatballs. I loved the texture of the meatballs and they reminded me a lot of my Grandma.  Traditionally, the meatballs are served with boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam, but I had some egg noodles to use and opted to serve them over pasta.

Last night we played a really fun volleyball game and today my friend Emily is stopping after work for dinner and a little SVU watching!  It is much cooler in my area this week and today's high is 58 degrees- fall is here! I am really looking forward to this weekend and a trip to Door County. I am thinking that a little apple picking will need to be added to the agenda! The following weekend I am heading to Washington Island to have my apples pressed!


Ingredients

1⁄2 lb ground beef
1⁄2 lb ground pork
1 egg
1⁄2 cup whole milk
1⁄2 cup water
1 small onion, grated
1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs 
2 small cold boiled yukon gold potatoes, grated
2 Tbl butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 dash allspice 

Butter
Flour

For Cream Sauce:
1 Tbl flour
1 Tbl butter
1⁄2 cup half-and-half
1 cup low sodium beef broth
1⁄4 teaspoon soy sauce
salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste


Instructions

For Meatballs:

Fry the onion till golden in a tablespoon or 2 of  butter.

Mix all the ingredients until evenly mixed

Shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch round balls and roll in flour.

Fry them slowly in plenty of butter. When they are all cooked, cover and keep warm while you prepare cream sauce.

Cream Sauce:

Melt butter in pan and add flour, whisk till golden brown.

Add beef stock, soy sauce and cream until desired thickness.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve sauce over the meatballs with boiled potatoes or pasta.

Yields about 22-24 meatballs.